Student Team Competition

Season Two

India and the Indian Subcontinent



5 Finalists Presented at Finals on 12 April, 2022).

Student Teams to present their Case Study based on one of three themes

Win Prestige & Awards

Organized by Goa Institute of Management, Indian Plastics Institute, Commitments Accelerator for Plastic Pollution and Ocean Recovery Alliance.

Kabidawalla Connect: 1st Prize Season 1

An existing proven project/program that reduces plastic waste near a waterway


India has many cities, towns and villages near waterways (rivers, lakes, and the Indian Ocean). Much money and effort has gone into projects and programs that stop plastic waste from entering these waterways. Here’s your shot at finding an organization that’s doing a great job. Learn More

A new/recent innovation for industry to scale


Reduce, recycle, reuse — easy words to say, harder to find new cost-effective innovations that can replicate and scale. Here’s your shot at sharing a new idea or highlighting one that recently has traction and deserves attention. (Learn More)

Photo: Katkata West Bengal, India 15 August 2021

Identify a plastic waste problem in your locality: Suggest an innovative and sustainable solution


Tired of seeing the same waste eyesore in your city? Here’s your shot at developing a solution. (Learn More)

The Timeline

Registration opens : 5 January 2022

Register Student Team :

By 7 February, 2022 (extended)

Submit Case Study:

By 28 February, 2022

24 March, 2022 : Shortlisted Finalists Notified

12 April 2022 5:30 pm IST

Presentations, Speaker and Award Ceremony



The April 12th Finals

1st Place Award: Team Chemoplast

2nd Place Award: Team Muarya

3rd Place Award: Team Plutonic

Special Award for Subcontinent Team:

Team Rescueco (Bangladesh)

Overall First Place Winning Student Team:

One-Month Internship with

CAPPIndia to produce “CAPP Conversations”

All 5 finalists will have their Case Studies published in the reputed journal of Indian Plastics Institute

All Student Teams – Certificates

The Finals: Results Summary

Watch the Finals (Recorded)

The Winning Student Team:


Team Members:

Lakshya Jain (team leader)

Hatim Mustafa Merchant



Bits Pilani

Ecosys Cleaners

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  • Student Case Study
  • Final Student Pitch

First Place Winner – Season 2


Indian Institute

of Packaging

Indian Pollution Control Association

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  • Student Case Study
  • Final Student Pitch

2nd Place Winner – Season 2


Cipet; B.C.A.S, Du;


Bamboo House, Hyderabad

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  • Student Case Study
  • Final Student Pitch

3rd Place Winner – Season 2


Indian Institute

of Packaging

Waste Management for Kolkata

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  • Student Case Study
  • Final Student Pitch



B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science & Technology

The Great Bubble Barrier, Amsterdam

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  • Student Case Study
  • Final Student Pitch


Season 2’s Winning Team

Lakshya Jain

BITS Pilani

I was a sophomore at BITS Pilani, Pilani campus during this competition, and am pursuing manufacturing engineering. I am a part of AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineering), ASCM (Association of Supply Chain Management) and REC (Renewable Energy Club). I developed an

interest in plastics as my family business is related to it, and we have a small LDPE and HDPE recycling unit in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

I am majorly interested in plastic sorting and would like to explore it in greater depth as I discovered that it acts as a bottleneck in the

recycling industry.

Hatim Mustafa Merchant

BITS Pilani

I am a student at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. I am currently in my second

year pursuing an Integrated MSc in Mathematics and BE in Chemical Engineering as my Dual Degree. I have a keen interest in

Plastic Waste Management and have been following several initiatives taken up by government and non-government

organizations in recent times. I am also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) where I met with

the rest of my team. I hope to be a part of such innovative ideas and help the community in best way possible


BITS Pilani

I am an enthusiastic and passionate chemical engineering & M.Sc. biological sciences student at BITS Pilani with a vision to apply my

knowledge of chemical processing techniques to innovate and refine existing processes for chemical upcycling of plastic waste and

would love to work in an internship in a similar domain. On-campus, I am a member of chemical engineering clubs such as AIChE and

IIChE as well as a volunteer at PARC, a social work organization for the underprivileged.

Brought to you by the following organizations:

Commitments Accelerator for Plastic Pollution

CAPP is a new non-profit organization, birthed in 2019 and operated through Ocean Recovery Alliance, one of the premier NGOs fighting to reduce and end plastic pollution from entering the ocean. CAPP’s mission is to take proven, successful projects and programs that prevent or reduce plastic pollution, identified through our “Make the Case” competitions, and then provide the infrastructure to empower the world’s stakeholders to adapt, replicate and scale these proven solutions in many other places. 

GOA Institute of Management

Goa Institute of Management began its journey in 1993. Today GIM is one of the leading B-schools in India and offers a rich learning environment through engagement with academia, industry and alumni. GIM seeks to nurture leaders with specialized knowledge of Healthcare, Big Data Analytics, Banking, Financial Services and Insurance. The B-school offers a rich bouquet of programs that meet the challenging business needs of India and the state of Goa.

GIM’s Commitment to Sustainability

The mission of Ocean Recovery Alliance is to reduce plastic pollution on land and water by creating strategic solutions for governments, industry and communities which lead to long-term, hands-on engaging business practices. Our mission is achieved through purposefully designed programs to educate, build awareness and provide solutions which inspire positive societal change at the community, national and international levels. Its founder, Doug Woodring, recently was awarded the coveted Prince’s Prize for Innovative Philanthropy from Prince Albert of Monaco for his work in this space

Indian Plastics Institute

Indian Plastic Institute based out of India is an premier professional organization having more than 5000 members and one of the founders of PlastIndia. The focus of IPI is Plastic education and training, through DIPI courses, seminars, endowment lectures, journals, books and connects individuals, corporates and educational institutes. In recent times one of the focus areas is Sustainability & Recycling and has partnered with several organizations in India to promote and create awareness on subject and also work for plastic waste management.


Phone #: 91 22 66950347

Kind attn: Mr Sandeep Shinde


Indian Plastics Institute

30 Sarvodaya Industrial Area

Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East

Mumbai 400093 India


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